16 May 2024

Modern China told through the lives of four young women

From Nine To Noon, 10:06 am on 16 May 2024
Yuan Yang, author of Private Revolutions: Coming of Age in a new China

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Yuan Yang was born in Sichuan, China,  in 1990 and moved with her parents to England when she was four.

She studied at Oxford University and the London School of Economics and became the Financial Times' first Europe-China correspondent. Yuan Yang was posted to Beijing for six years for the FT - during which time she became friends with four women of a similar age, born during the reform era of the 1980s and 1990, as China moved towards capitalism. 

Her new book Private Revolutions paints a portrait of modern China through the lives of these four women. Yuan Yang is back in the UK now, where she is standing for parliament in the upcoming election for the Labour party.